Pasta with Pumpkin, Pine Nuts and Canadian Bacon

I may have mentioned once or twice that I love pumpkins.  I love the way they look and I love the way the taste.  I got some pumpkins for my porch to welcome fall. I also used some pumpkin in my cooking for the week.  A new recipe I found and adapted  was our Sunday dinner.  I found the original recipe on Cozi which I have been using to get organized.  I changed the recipe and made it my own.  Give it a try, you might like it too! Pasta with Pumpkin, Canadian Bacon and Pine … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday – Light and Fresh Eggplant Parmesan

In my ongoing  and sometimes seemingly futile effort to eat well and enjoy food that tastes good, I created a new recipe to satisfy my craving for Eggplant Parmesan without totally blowing my diet.  I made my version meatless because I happened to have meatless Italian sausage on hand.  It's an easy recipe - I cheated and used bottled pasta sauce. it was quite tasty and did not break the calorie bank.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  If you want to indulge go for it - use real italian … [Read more...]

Indian Spiced Turkey and Vegetables

I love to find inspiration for new recipes in magazines and cookbooks. I was thumbing through a past copy of Food Network Magazine and found a section on Crock Pot cooking.  Several of the recipes caught my eye, but I was especially intrigued by a Chicken Tikka Masala recipe.  I like Indian food and I don't get to have it very often so I thought I might as well give it a whirl in my own kitchen. I started by taking stock of what I had on hand and trying to figure out how I might be able to … [Read more...]

In My Neighborhood

  I‘ve decided that 2014 is going to be a year of positive change and discovery. So far, in the realm of change, we had new front doors installed and the exterior of our house painted. We went with a totally different look for both the door and the house - quite bold for us. A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I (along with our pup Ann Marie) stopped in San Juan Capistrano at Starbucks to get a cup of coffee. Originally we were on the way to the Dana Point Harbor for our usual … [Read more...]

Family Traditions and a Recipe

  If you don't have some family traditions that you keep going year after year you need to get busy and develop a few! My family started a tradition of baking and candy making at Christmastime about 15 years ago. Since we subscribe to the "go big or go home" mentality, our baking and candy making consists of 3 days and results in well over 100 pounds of candy and cookies. This year we used over 45 pounds of chocolate and at least 25 pounds of nuts. We work on it for about 12-16 hours each … [Read more...]

Keurig® Brew Over Ice – yes please!

  I have had a Keurig® coffee maker in my office for the past several years. It is a workhorse and I love it.  So do the frequent visitors to my office. I believe wholeheartedly that some of those visitors come just for the coffee (you know who you are - I am on to you). At Blogher13 I was immediately drawn to the booth in the expo hall with all of the Keurig® machines. It was mid-morning and I figured another cup of coffee couldn't hurt. I was very excited when I realized they were … [Read more...]

BeFit Go 20 Minute Total Body Toning

It is time for another BeFit Go workout release!  This one is  20 Minute Total Body Toning.  Just in time for the start of swimsuit season - better get busy! These workouts fit in  perfectly with my personal 30 day challenge for June.  I am challenging myself to be active for at least 15 minutes a day, every day during the month of June.  These workouts will serve as a tool that I can use in my effort to get my activity in every day.  I like to mix things up sometimes and with a new workout … [Read more...]

30 Day Challenge-Be Active

I have been trying to lose weight for the last several years. I am slowly headed in the right direction, but at a snail's pace. In the past I have been most successful at loosing weight when my activity level was consistently high (like when I was training for marathons). During these times I did little else in my free time except train, but I was in the best shape of my life. I want to get my fitness level back up and my weight down a bit, but I don't want to spend all of my free time working … [Read more...]

A Book Worth Reading – A Novel About Alzheimer’s

  I just finished Still Alice, by Lisa Genova.   The book tells the story of a 50 year old Harvard Psychology professor who has early onset Alzheimer's disease.  It is a novel, but it is evident that the author did her homework.  This opinion is purely my own, but I feel it is an educated opinion. A little over 20 years ago, as a student in the Music Therapy program at CSULB, I worked as an activity coordinator at the John Douglas French Center for Alzheimer's Disease.  At that time, … [Read more...]

Beef Tenderloin with Port Mushroom Sauce – New Year’s Day Dinner?

Well Hello There!  I have missed you. October through the end of the year is always the busiest for me.  In addition to the holidays that occur during these months, my wedding anniversary and birthday also happen.  This year I was determined to try to stay as relaxed as possible and enjoy the ride.  As a result, I did not do much writing over the last few months.  I guess I gave (all 3 of) you a break from reading my blog.  I hope you enjoyed your time off because I plan to get back into … [Read more...]